President Trump defending controversial tweets

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President Trump is doubling down on his comments telling democratic congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from. Democrats are firing back, accusing the president of using “racist” language towards the elected officials, who are all women of color. ABC’s Megan Tevrizian is in Washington, D.C. with more.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) — President Trump’s comments directed at four minority female congresswomen is getting a wave of angry reaction from Democrats and 2020 candidates.

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted for the women to “go back and help fix the totally broken crime-infested places from which they came from.”

The Congresswomen, all women of color, come from Cincinnati, Detroit, and New York City. Only one of the group, Representative Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, was born outside of the U.S. She fled civil war as a child and is no an American Citizen.

On Twitter, the Minnesota representative accused Trump of “stoking white nationalism [sic] bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”

Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts responded: “This is what racism look sike. We are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere.”

Democrats have been quick to condemn the President’s comments, calling them “xenophobic” and “hate filled.”

“I am freaking appalled that the President of the United States conducts himself in such a disgraceful and racist way,” Representative Tim Ryan said.

“It is absolutely racist and un-American. And it is an old trope,” said Senator Kamala Harris.

But Republican have been largely silent. Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally who golfed with him over the weekend, defended him on “Fox and Friends.”

“We all know AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own country. Don’t aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies,” Graham said.

The white nationalist website The Daily Stormer said the Trump tweets are “the kind of white nationalism we elected him for.” And despite the criticism, the president is doubling down. Monday he tweeted that “radical left congresswomen should apologize to the country.”

Our local representatives are responding with their own tweets:

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